WFU senior interprets for Pope Francis

Anna Grace Guercio, a Wake Forest University senior who is majoring in anthropology with a linguistics minor, interpreted for Pope Francis during his recent appearance at the World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

WFU said Guercio interpreted for the national Panama TV, and its signal was broadcast globally. She covered all the main events with the pope, about two to three hours each, taking turns with the other interpreter in the booth.

Carlos Fasola, a former WFU graduate student, also interpreted into English for national, international and podcast radios.

WSSU tops rankings for economic mobility

Technology provider CollegeNET is saluting Winston-Salem State University as the top-ranked HBCU for social mobility, WSSU said in a statement.

CollegeNET, the creator of the Social Mobility Index, or SMI, named WSSU and 11 other historically black colleges and universities “Social Mobility Innovators” for 2019 for the work they do “that makes a real difference in the lives of low-income students,” WSSU said.

“Most higher-education rankings evaluate colleges and universities as if comparing brands for consumer purchase,” said Jim Wolfston, CollegeNET’s chief executive. “The SMI, on the other hand, helps policymakers, students and their families see which colleges and universities are doing the most to drive U.S. economic mobility. We hope the SMI encourages more institutions to embrace and expand their role as conduits for restoring the promise of the American Dream.”


to help unpaid interns

For the third consecutive year, Winston-Salem State University will join with the State Employees Credit Union Foundation to provide financial support for students to pursue internships.

The SECU Public Fellows Internship Program, offered in partnership with WSSU’s Career Development Services, will provide up to $100,000 in grants — up to $5,000 per student — for students in WSSU’s health-care-management program, WSSU said in a statement.

“We appreciate the SECU Foundation for continued support of WSSU students through the SECU Public Fellows Internship Program,” said LaMonica Sloan Wilhelmi, WSSU’s director of Career Development Services. “Unpaid internships provide students with valuable on-the-job experience, but for many of our students, they are out of reach. This program provides students with the financial support they need to pursue summer internships and to also give back to their communities.”

At WSSU, the program is available to seniors in the health-care-management program who must complete an unpaid semester-long internship as part of their graduation requirements. The students work at businesses and nonprofit organizations that may not be able to pay interns.

WFU receives award for Wellbeing Center

The Wake Forest Wellbeing Center received an award for outstanding sports facility at the recent National Intramural and Recreation Sports Association’s annual conference in Boston, Wake Forest University said in a news release.

The award recognizes “facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality and how well the facility meets its intended purpose,” WFU said. “Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher-education experience desired and valued by students.”

WFU professor urges people to ‘call B.S.’

John Petrocelli hopes the TEDx talk he gave Saturday at the University of Nevada in Reno will be a call to action on B.S.

Petrocelli, an associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, began studying B.S. about seven years ago, intent on finding out when and why it happens. For his research, he defines B.S. or “bull----” as “communications that result from little to no concern for truth, evidence and/or established semantic, logical, systemic or empirical knowledge.”

He is not talking about lying or fake news, at least not in all circumstances. Someone who spouts B.S., he explained, doesn’t know what the truth is — and doesn’t even care about the truth. A liar, on the other hand, willfully tries to detract from the truth.

Through his research, and the TEDx talk, Petrocelli hopes to inspire people to “call B.S.” when they hear or read it — and discourage the source from trying it again.

UNCSA costume design program among top 10

The costume design program at UNC School of the Arts is among the top 10 of its kind, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This is the second year in a row that the program, one of 16 areas of study housed in the School of Design and Production, was recognized by the magazine.

The magazine’s list, published in its Feb. 13 issue, included nine schools in the United States and one in London. The magazine consulted with leading costume designers and professors for a breakdown of the best schools for film and TV costume design.

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by a leading industry publication like The Hollywood Reporter,” Chancellor Lindsay Bierman said. “I’m thrilled for the faculty, students and alumni of our costume design program. Their painstaking work and extraordinary creativity bring stories and characters to life on stages and screens across the world.”

Forsyth Tech job fair

to be at Parkland High

Forsyth Technical Community College’s Career and College Promise will hold a career and trade fair at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Parkland High School at 1600 Brewer Road. Forsyth Tech is committed to help provide all students guidance for successful career pathways and prepare them with the support resources they need.

Instructors and administrators from the college will advise students about technical certifications as well as associate degree and college transfer programs.

Parkland graduate David Vergara Salgado will share his experience in Career and College Promise. The program allows qualified North Carolina high school students to enroll in college courses, tuition free, while still in high school.

Compiled by John Hinton

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